Massachusetts Historical Society


The Influences of King Philip’s War on American Political Thought


Authors: Daniel Mandell, Truman State University
Comment: Owen Stanwood, Boston College

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This paper is a chapter on the short and long-term influences of King Philip’s War for A New History of American Political Thought, including primary sources and analysis. Daniel Mandell emphasizes four main elements: victories or defeats reflected God’s blessings or punishment; Native Americans were more likely to be regarded as inherently hostile and vicious; New Englanders increasingly hallowed their Puritan founders, touted the region’s virtues, and embraced Britain’s leadership of the Protestant world; and memories of the war would continue to shape New England’s perceptions of larger events including Jacksonian Indian Removal and the Civil War.

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